SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK
● 9/2/2019: A 60-year-old male fainted while in the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River. He was carried out to the road where he was transported to the hospital by ambulance.
● 9/3/2019: Early in the morning, rangers responded to the Wuksachi Lodge for a 22-year-old female from Central California who was in labor. The rangers treated and transported the patient.
● 09/06/2019: Received a report of an SOS activation in the Little Five Lakes area. The hiker had texting capabilities with his device and requested a helicopter ride to a hospital in San Luis Obispo. The hiker was complaining of being short of breath and dizzy. Rangers responded to the scene and contacted the 71-year-old male patient. The patient had taken a day of rest but upon exertion his symptoms returned. The patient was flown to the Ash Mountain Helibase where he was transferred to a ground ambulance and transported to a local hospital.
● 9/2/2019: Rangers received a report of a male who had taken a 500-foot fall on the Kern Ridge near Triple Divide Peak with a head injury and multi-system trauma. A Parkmedic was inserted via helicopter and assessed and packaged. He was short-hauled to a landing zone where he was transported to the Ash Mountain Helibase and transferred to California Highway Patrol Helicopter 40 who flew him to the hospital.
● 09/07/2019: Report of 25-year-old male with altitude illness at Tyndall Creek. The patient rested at Tyndall for a day and a half, but symptoms did not improve. Patient was flown out to the Ash Mountain Helibase where he refused further medical care.
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK
● 9/6/2019: In the early morning hours, the Grant Grove Structural Fire Brigade was dispatched to the Grant Grove Restaurant for a fire alarm activation. Upon arrival on scene it was determined that the alarm was activated by steam from the nighttime custodian cleaning the kitchen area. Delaware North self-resolved the alarm, and responding units cleared and released the scene once it was determined to be safe and not an active fire.
● 9/6/2019: Rangers and Ambulance 5 responded to the John Muir Lodge for a 58-year-old male who experienced a near syncopal episode. The patient was treated and released.
● 9/7/2019: In the early morning hours, rangers responded to the John Muir Lodge to assist lodge staff in the removal of a guest who was acting aggressively and refusing to leave. The guest had vacated the area prior to the rangers’ arrival and was not located within the Grant Grove area.
● 9/7/2019: Rangers responded to the Cedar Grove Lodge for a complaint of an injured finger – advice only.
● 9/7/2019: Rangers responded to a report of an injured deer near the Lewis Creek crosswalk. The reporting party witnessed a vehicle driving approximately 50 mph and strike the deer. The vehicle kept driving and was not located. The injured deer was dispatched by rangers.
● 9/9/2019: In the early morning, rangers responded to a 30-year-old male with a complaint of severe stomach pain. Rangers transported him to a rendezvous with a Central Valley ambulance.
Revenue and Fee Management Branch
● Visitation was much slower the weekend after the Labor Day holiday. Wait times at Ash Mountain Entrance Station were around 10 minutes from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday; minimal wait times at Big Stump Entrance Station.
● The following seasonal campground closures took place on Wednesday, Sept. 4:
○ Sheep Creek campground closed
○ Canyon View mid-size and large group sites closed
○ Moraine east loops closed (sites 1-46, 51-68)
○ Sunset campground closed
○ Crystal Springs mid-size sites closed
○ Dorst Creek loops C- H and group sites closed (sites 62-218, group sites A-D).
○ There are now 675 campsites open parks-wide.
● As a result of fewer campsites available park-wide, many campgrounds were full over the weekend.
Fire & Aviation Management Branch:
● The Taboose Fire in Inyo National Forest jumped containment lines on September 8 and grew to an estimated 4,000 acres. It spread toward Taboose Pass to about the 10,000 foot elevation. Fire remains outside Kings Canyon National Park, however, the Taboose Pass trail is closed. The park helicopter has been evacuating hikers needing to exit by way of Taboose Pass.
● Happy birthday to America’s other best idea: the Wilderness Act turned 55 on September 3.
● Call, email, and walk-in volume in the Wilderness Office has been light. Wilderness permit
quota season ends September 22 and no new permit reservations will be created for 2019.